Important tips for handling hazardous materials include using personal protective equipment and keeping chemicals in a central location, below eye level and not on benches or floors, to avoid spills, states College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University. Store combustible and flammable fluids in metal, glass or plastic containers that meet National Fire Protection Association standards. When moving bottles of highly reactive fluids, place them in trays that can hold the bottles' contents.
Metals can contaminate peroxides and cause explosive decomposition, explains College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University. Use Teflon, ceramic or wood spatulas, not metal spatulas, when handling peroxides, and store peroxidable materials in cool, dark areas. When handling cylinders of compressed gas, use and store them away from sources of heat and secure the cylinders to prevent them from falling, such as chaining them to a wall.
Avoid open-shelf storage of chemicals, and use restraining devices when needed, notes College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University. Store toxic chemicals in closed cabinets labeled "Toxic Chemicals" and separate from other substances, making sure to keep unused containers closed. Store water-reactive materials in dry areas, and label water-reactive materials with the warning "Do Not Use Water to Extinguish Fire."